Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:28

Where It Began

My doctor whom I went to see concerning my inflammation of my Achilles Tendon tells me I'm an addict, an addict to running and the post-run high/endorphin rush. He says that I'll only search for a greater dosage of this post-run high like how a drug addict would need more heroin. I laughed at his analogy but there's a hint of truth in it. Not the bit concerning a drug addiction but the need for the post-run high/endorphin rush.

I wasn't always a marathon runner and I didn't just decide one day to run the Brussels Marathon in 2007. It started with more visits to the gym, spending more time on the treadmill, the first mid-distance race which then led to the Brussels Marathon and I became hooked. And that first short/mid-distance race was the Antwerp 10 mile (16km) race in Antwerp, Belgium in 2006. Little did I know that signing up for the race meant a complete lifestyle change in the years to come.

As I work towards realising my dream of running 7 marathons on 7 continents in honour of my late and amazing grandmother as well as raise funds for the elderly, I thought it fit to trace my running roots by heading back to Antwerp to run the 10 mile race this year. Doing it at a leisurely pace due to my Achilles Tendon problem, I could soak in the electric atmosphere of more than 20,000 runners and the crowds cheering us on the streets of this Flemish city.

Taking place 6 days after the Boston Marathon bombing on Sunday 21 April, running the Antwerp 10 mile race was an opportunity for me to celebrate the sport of running, the brilliant spectators who liven up the streets as runners pound through them and it reminded me of this quote:

 

"I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can't run and
what they'd give to have the simple gift I take for granted"

Anonymous

 

* Thank you for all the kind messages/emails from those of you who were worried that I might have been running the Boston Marathon. I am safe as I wasn't participating in the run though the tragedy did hit me close to home as it's one of the marathons I hope to be able to participate in one day. It was a senseless act...

 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Caroline Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:51 posted by Caroline

    Dear Yvonne

    you seem to be real passionate at it!
    but i can understand the more i started to run too. I admire your spirit and goal through no doubt big efforts.
    Antwerp must have been fantastic with all the crowd and another medal won.
    wish you to complete and meet targets set.
    Caroline

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